The people running social media for Miami International Airport deserve some hazard pay.The airport's Twitter feed has been feverishly countering bad information and responding to inquiries, as Florida is slammed by Hurricane Irma.On Sunday, the account also proactively corrected people who tweeted out video of a flooded airport with claims that it was a scene from Miami.
The basic idea of restructuring information about websites goes back to as early as 1995, when Ramanathan V.
Guha and others in Apple Computer's Advanced Technology Group developed the Meta Content Framework.
Users subscribe to feeds either by entering a feed's URI into the reader or by clicking on the browser's feed icon.
The RSS reader checks the user's feeds regularly for new information and can automatically download it, if that function is enabled. The RSS formats were preceded by several attempts at web syndication that did not achieve widespread popularity.
The airport, which sits on the southeastern tip of Florida, is currently closed due to the massive storm.
That hasn't stopped its social media account from responding to requests over several days.
Two parties emerged to fill the void, with neither Netscape's help nor approval: The RSS-DEV Working Group and Dave Winer, whose User Land Software had published some of the first publishing tools outside Netscape that could read and write RSS.
Winer published a modified version of the RSS 0.91 specification on the User Land website, covering how it was being used in his company's products, and claimed copyright to the document.
The account has also been responding to individual questions about when the airport might reopen.